Three Dell Medical School students received prestigious 2018 Excellence in Public Health awards from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee earlier this spring.
Francisco Barrios, Anatoli Berezovsky and Mihailo Miljanic, all members of the Class of 2020, were honored for their work to found the Dell Med chapter of the Health Career Academy (HCA), a national organization in which medical students work with local high school students to lead hands-on, case-based and other learning sessions on specific health topics. Through the local chapter, Barrios, Berezovsky and Miljanic created a program to mentor sophomores at Austin’s William B. Travis Early College High School on public health-related topics, exposing them to career opportunities in the health professions and preparing them to better influence the health of their friends and families.
All three Dell Med students are former high school teachers who worked in schools serving a significant number of students from families with low incomes.
“These awards are a testament to the education provided by the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and to the high caliber of your students,” stated Neil Chandra Murthy, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Public Health Service, in the award notification. “We hope that this will encourage your faculty and students to continue their strong work in public health.”
The local program will resume in the coming academic year with new public health topics for participating students along with a new class of sophomores who will be mentored by incoming first-year students at Dell Med. All participating students have the opportunity to continue with the mentorship program throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years of high school.